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Beached Art event at St Bees Beach

Last year’s Beached Art sand sculpture competition at St Bees was won by the Gee family from Shap.

[C]ome and celebrate the amazing wildlife found in and around the Irish Sea at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s annual beach event, featuring the popular sand sculpture competition.

Bring the family along on Sunday 30 July to St Bees Beach between 11.00am and 5.00pm for rockpool rambles, face painting, kite flying, sea watches, arts and crafts and much more!

The sand sculpture competition starts at 11.00am with judging and prize-giving from 12.30pm onwards. Sian Bentley of Cumbria Wildlife Trust says: “The competition is always a highlight of the day. You don’t need any previous experience – all are welcome to take part. Whether you want to have go at crafting a crab or designing a dolphin, the only rules are that the sculpture should be just be made from sand and other natural materials found on the beach and be inspired by Irish Sea wildlife. Come and have a go!”

There are some great prizes up for grabs this year, including a family ticket for a trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway. You can also win tickets for Windermere Lake Cruises, Muncaster Castle, Tree Top Treks, Lowther Castle and Hayes Garden World.

The event is free and you can take part in the sand sculpture competition for a donation of £3.00 per plot. To book your plot call 01539 816300 or [email protected] to reserve a place. You can register on the day from 11.00am.

Here’s an overview of the day:

  • 11.00am          Sand sculpture competition starts
  • 11.30am          Rockpooling (and at 1.30pm) – discover the little critters that live in rockpools
  • 12.30pm          Sand sculpture competition prize-giving
  • 12.30pm          Coastal bird walk (and at 3pm) – experts will show you some of our great sea birds
  • 2.00pm            Storytelling for children – don’t miss this reading of The Secret of the Sea, a newly published tale-trail for families
  • 2.00pm            Sea Watch – come and find out where seals and porpoises hang out in our waters!

Don’t forget to share your pictures on social media! #BeachedArt #marinemudness #NationalMarineWeek

More details on www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk  or ring 01539 816300.

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